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When John Brahm began doing field trials with Traminette, Cornell University had not even assigned a name to the experimental white grape.

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Joe Sheehy and Leslie Knipe began their winery in 2006 by planting 700 Riesling vines; they now have more than 1,000.
Wine tastings are by appointment only in small groups; no buses are allowed. Visitors must be 21 or older.

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In 2011, Bob Wintamute added a winery to the farm store he launched two decades ago on Cayuga Lake.

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After more than 35 years of growing grapes in the Finger Lakes, no one would blame Ann and John Martini if they decided to take it easy. Yet the owners of Anthony Road Wine Co. in Penn Yan, Yates County, show little interest in slowing down.

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A Gust of Sun winery in Ransomville, co-owned by Erik and Shane Gustafson, features seven wines.

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Forty years ago, the Hurlbut family began making apple wine from their McIntosh and Cortland crops for family and friends. They now produce a dozen varieties commercially and blend most of them with other fruits at their production facility in New...

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Inside an 1820s barn in Interlaken, Seneca County, that took more than three years to relocate and restore, visitors at Americana Vineyards Winery will find products made from vinifera, hybrid and native grapes. Four nonvintage blueberry wines ranging...

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As he surveys the grapevines at Atwater Estate Vineyards in Burdett, Schuyler County, owner Ted Marks is seeing red. Yet his blood pressure doesn’t creep up a bit.

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Begun in 2001, the winery is just minutes away from the village of Skaneateles.
Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day
Tours: You may walk the beautiful ground and tour the garden and gazebo area.

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Ever wonder why various bottle labels at Bully Hill Vineyards feature images of goats? The irrepressible Walter S. Taylor and Guilt Free the goat started it all.

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Vinny Aliperti has tackled many roles — winemaker, husband, father, Peace Corps volunteer — and now has added “winery owner” to the list.

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Some Finger Lakes tasting rooms are thoroughly rustic, right up to the barn rafters; others have softer edges and even a splash of elegance.

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In 1986, shoppers at New York City’s Greenmarket gave Eileen and Ken Farnan a nudge toward winemaking. Since then, the couple has opened a tasting room high above Keuka Lake, established a lineup of two dozen wines, endured a grape glut and raised a...

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In the shadow of buttonwood trees, Diane and Ken Riemer make vinifera grape and fruit wines that range from dry to sweet. Visitors sample the lineup in a laid-back tasting room with grape-stenciled walls.

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Once during a trip to sell wine at a farmers market in New Jersey, the late Dave Bagley met a couple of fraternity brothers who were looking to unload a wooden sculpture of a bear. Bagley, a woodworker in his own right, leaped at the chance to take the...

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Overlooking Seneca Lake, Bloomer Creek Vineyard is owned and operated by wine grower Kim Engle and his wife, artist Debra Bermingham.

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A prior career in science has proved to be an ace in the hole for Nancy Tisch, owner of Bet the Farm Winery and Gourmet Market in Aurora, Cayuga County.

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Apples and grapes seem like closer cousins after visiting Bellwether Cidery in Trumansburg, Tompkins County.

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Located south of Owasco Lake, Chateau Dusseau specializes in Cabernet Franc, but also produces uncommon whites such as a dry Niagara and a semi-dry Aurore. The winery has dabbled in experiments with the latter grape to gauge its suitability for making...

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From its timber-framed perch overlooking Seneca Lake, Chateau LaFayette
Reneau samples and sells more than a dozen wines made from vinifera,
hybrid and native grapes. Tim Miller has overseen production since

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During a vacation in the 1990s, Don Kilcoyne stopped at Seneca Lake-based Fulkerson Winery to inquire about any available vineyard management work. He was in luck and soon relocated to the Finger Lakes with his wife, Jessica.

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French expat Patrice DeMay relies on a 400-year-old formula passed down from his Loire Valley ancestors to produce sparkling wine at Chateau Renaissance in Hammondsport, Steuben County. The winery also turns out still wines made from grapes, berries and...

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Like a tireless oompah-pah band at Oktoberfest, Castel Grisch Estate Winery in Watkins Glen, Schuyler County, has stuck to its German traditions. Sauerbraten, schnitzel and spaetzle anchor the dinner menu at the on-site restaurant, while Gewurztraminer...

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Singling out a favorite wine in his own lineup is a cinch for Chris Scholomiti, co-owner and winemaker at CJS Vineyards and Aurelius Winery in Fosterville, Cayuga County.

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Port, Sherry and sparkling wine from Pleasant Valley Wine Co. in Hammondsport, Steuben County, comprise most of the options at Caywood Vineyards in Caywood, Seneca County. Visitors sample the lineup at a bar made from repurposed redwood and oak wine...

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Founded in 1991 by Susie and Tom Challen, Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery in Ovid, Seneca County, produces options ranging from Riesling and Chardonnay to Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Visitors craving sweetness even have reason to stop by for...

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Many fates could befall a grape left on the vine past harvest in the Finger Lakes: It might grow a beard of gray mold, get cracked skin, or be devoured by a wild turkey.

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Launched in 2003 as a retirement project for George and Joan Kuyon, Deer Run Winery relies on five acres of estate-grown grapes and fruit purchased from local growers to make red, white, blush and dessert wines.

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Owners Michelle and Ben Hartman named the 2011 wine Nouveau to reflect that it is ready to drink now.

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Along Seneca Lake’s Banana Belt — a microclimate known for its moderate vine-protecting temperatures — Phil Davis and Lou Damiani tend to separate vineyards but combine their fruit for winemaking at Damiani Wine Cellars in Burdett, Schuyler...

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Just about the first thing Frederick Frank tells visitors at Dr. Konstantin Frank Vineyards is that they're looking upon some of the oldest vinifera grapevines in the country.

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In Bill Heary’s youth, summer’s dog days brought the task of cutting and curing hay at his family’s farm in Springville, Erie County. By the time the bales were stacked, the elderberry bushes would be heavy with fruit.

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Perched above Hemlock Lake and within a stone’s throw from New York’s oldest bald eagle nests, Eagle Crest Vineyards in Conesus produces 3,000 cases of wine annually from vinifera, hybrid and native grapes. Sales and sampling occur in a wood-paneled...

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Without books or blackboards, rookie winery owners Matt Jones and Stacee Elliott have set out to educate consumers about the history of the Finger Lakes.

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New York's newest winery, Eremita Winery, opened in August 2011 after a monthlong delay caused by licensing and label-approval issues.

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Esther and John Earle prefer not to play favorites with the 50 grape, fruit and honey wines available at their Seneca Lake tasting rooms.

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Situated high on Torrey Ridge overlooking one of the deepest parts of Seneca Lake is Fox Run Vineyards, with its 60 acres producing a range of wines.

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With a rainbow of pesticide-free fruit, Seneca Lake-based Four Chimneys Organic Winery makes wines ranging from dessert sweet to bone dry.

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Nestled in a cherry-red structure that once housed a fruit stand, Seneca Lake-based Fruit Yard Winery specializes in wines made from grapes and other fruit. The entire lineup is produced from crops grown in New York state.

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In the shadow of a 1911 Rochester-made stained-glass window fittingly titled Abundance, the Finger Lakes Wine Center at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion in Canandaigua stocks wine from 45 local producers in its shop

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Tending to the same land as his 19th-century ancestors did, Sayre Fulkerson opened Fulkerson Wine Cellars with his wife, Nancy, in 1989.

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The wise man does not mix grape and grain.
That old adage isn't holding much water anymore in Finger Lakes wine country with the July 2009 opening of Finger Lakes Distilling in Burdett, Schuyler County.

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With under-ripe fruit from the cool and wet summer of 2009, Jim Doolittle of Frontenac Point Vineyard is now working on four sparkling wines.

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ITHACA — The Finger Lakes Wine Center in Ithaca is officially open for business.

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Flanked by a chestnut grove and Cayuga Lake, Goose Watch Winery in
Romulus, Seneca County, produces 17,000 cases of wine annually, including still wines, sparkling wines, port and sherry.

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Giancarelli Farm and Winery is a family operation, owned by brothers Sam Giancarelli. They produce small batches of dessert wines using their own fruits and berries and fruits and grapes from neighboring farms.

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In an Amish-built barn near Cayuga Lake, Glenhaven Farm Winery samples and sells grape and berry wines. The options range from dry to sweet, and visitors may taste the lineup for free.

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Glenora Wine Cellars, the first winery on Seneca Lake, opened in 1977.
Just three decades later, it is producing 45,000 cases of wine and hosting 85,000 visitors at its winery, its Veraisons restaurant and its 30-room Inn at Glenora.

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The grape glut that swept through the Finger Lakes region in the 1970s turned out to be a blessing for John and Josephine Ingle, who responded to the market downturn by building Heron Hill Winery on Keuka Lake and keeping their own harvest for...

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Heron Hill Winery's third location is a tasting room in Bristol, south of Canandaigua near Bristol Harbour Resort.

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The grape glut that swept through the Finger Lakes region in the 1970s turned out to be a blessing for John and Josephine Ingle, who responded to the market downturn by building Heron Hill Winery on Keuka Lake and keeping their own harvest for...

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In 1984, the late Jerry Hazlitt and his wife, Elaine, founded Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards in the same hamlet on Seneca Lake where Jerry’s 19th-century ancestors shipped grapes and peaches by boat, wagon and railroad.

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Cameron Hosmer and his wife, Maren, began growing grapes at the family’s summer home on Cayuga Lake in the 1970s.

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Since launching Hector Wine Co. in 2010, co-owners Jason Hazlitt and Justin Boyette have bumped up annual production to 2,400 cases.

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Staffers at Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard in Dundee, Yates County, have had many reasons to raise their glasses, including seeing the 2008 Dry Riesling Reserve earn a spot on Wine Spectator magazine’s Top 100 Wines for 2010. Wine & Spirits...

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In 1981, Art and Joyce Hunt opened a shoebox-sized winery on Branchport, Yates County, land that the Hunt family has owned for six generations. The venture soon took off and set the stage for producing red, white,

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The fifth generation to run the family farm, Art and Joyce Hunt also have raised three children, worked to promote the Finger Lakes wine industry and been active in their community.

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Tending grapevines didn’t interest Peter Oughterson when he was a teen, but he plugged along anyway to help his father and various neighbors with their Seneca Lake vineyards. Later, as a recent Cornell University graduate in the mid-1980s, Oughterson...

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Heart & Hands Wine Co., which overlooks the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake, keeps its production small in order to focus on quality. "Our intent is to produce food-friendly wines, and we offer several wines crafted from Pinot Noir and Riesling grapes for...

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After a decade of waiting for their dream to bear fruit, John and Lorraine Izzo opened Izzo’s White Barn Winery on the east side of Cayuga Lake in December 2009. The couple plans to keep the operation small and infuse it with a “summer camp” vibe, where...

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NAPLES — The wines are virtues, save for one vice.

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When planning J.R. Dill Winery in Burdett, Schuyler County, Jeffrey Dill made sure to weave Finger Lakes references into the design. The tasting room bar, for instance, is made from beach glass his mother began collecting on Seneca Lake’s shoreline 35...

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JD Wine Cellars, the newest addition to Long Acres Farms, will open May 1.

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Celebrate, a semi-dry blend of Riesling and Vidal Blanc, flies off the shelves at Keuka Spring Winery in Penn Yan, Yates County, but dry reds also figure into the lineup. Options include Lemberger — made from the eponymous red vinifera grape that...

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Pete and Tacie Saltonstall, co-owners of King Ferry Winery in King Ferry, Cayuga County, aren’t bashful about their passion for Chardonnay. Lindsay Stevens, the couple’s winemaker, turns out three versions of the wine, including an oaked option that the...

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From 16 acres of loamy soil sloping toward the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, Mike and Corinne Oleksyn produce roughly 2,500 cases of wine annually.

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With wine, spirits and cordials in the rotation, Knapp Winery in Romulus, Seneca County, can slake just about any thirst. The Cayuga Lake winery also quiets rumbling stomachs at its seasonal restaurant, which features food sourced from area...

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Keuka Lake Vineyards, owned by Melvin Goldman, has been open since July 2007. Its wine specialties are Riesling, Dry Vignoles and Leon Millot. Tour buses are welcome with advance reservations.

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Starting a winery and a bed-and-breakfast in the 1990s was not a cushy project for Terry and Bob Barrett, but it did afford them an opportunity to throw their souls into a new livelihood.

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Jim and Ruth Hundertmark first became fans of the Finger Lakes in the 1990s, while vacationing in the region.

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In 1974, the Lucas family left the Bronx to become grape growers in Interlaken, Seneca County. Watching a big winery dump their hand-picked fruit into hoppers with other growers’ crops soon prompted them to plunge into winemaking.

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With more than 100 acres under vine and more than 20 vintages in the books, Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars in Lodi, Seneca County, produces a range of red, white, sparkling and dessert wines. Wine buffs often buzz

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John Leidenfrost is a hands-on kind of guy. Equally comfortable swinging a hammer or sketching out a bottle label, the former Ithaca College art professor says running his Schuyler County winery keeps his heart thumping.

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Gary Barletta, co-owner and winemaker at Long Point Winery in Aurora, Cayuga County, enjoys bringing a splash of Italy to the Finger Lakes one bottle at a time.

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In 1951, Frank Stamp left behind the comfort and predictability of his Maryland-based dental practice to revive Lakewood Farm, a then-neglected peach and apple orchard in Watkins Glen, Schuyler County. Adapting to the life of a farmer with ease, Stamp...

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Lakeshore Winery, located on a farm that dates back to 1825, is owned and operated by John and Annie Bachman, who purchased the property in 1994 from the winery's founders, Bill and Doris Brown.

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Fans of grapes and grains have reason to visit Miles Wine Cellars, now that the Seneca Lake winery has released a line of craft beer. The operation also offers casual dining, lodging and a boat dock with a tasting area.

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In 2009, Joe Myer and his brother, John, attended distilling conferences separately, without knowing it until after the fact. Capitalizing on their common interest, the duo opened Myer Farm Distillers on Cayuga Lake in 2012.

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In 2009, Joe Myer and his brother, John, attended distilling conferences separately, without knowing it until after the fact. Capitalizing on their common interest, the duo opened Myer Farm Distillers on Cayuga Lake in 2012.

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Launched in 2011, Magnus Ridge Winery in Rock Stream, Schuyler County, exudes country-manor charm that invites visitors to linger at the tasting bar lit by wine bottle-chandeliers or in front of a roaring fire.

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A former tasting room manager at Seneca Lake-based Billsboro Winery has launched a winery nearby, in what was once a woodworking studio.

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McGregor Vineyard and Winery in Dundee, Yates County, turns out many products, but none has reached cult status like Black Russian, a dry red wine made from estate-grown Saperavi and Sereksiya Charni grapes.

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When falling honey prices began stinging his family’s beekeeping business in 1998, Bill Martin tapped his home-brewing skills to produce mead. Three years later, Martin released a series of fruit wines under his just-launched Montezuma Winery label and...

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The New York Wine and Culinary Center is not just a gift shop or a tasting room. In addition to promoting New York produce and wine, it also conducts about 400 classes for about 6,500 people a year.

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Located on a farm with roots trailing back to the 19th century, Wayne County-based Ontario Barn Vineyards specializes in grape and fruit wines. The winery belongs to the Lake Ontario Wine Trail and hosts an annual barn festival.

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Formerly known as the Finger Lakes Champagne House, Seneca Lake-based Penguin Bay Winery produces still wine ranging from dry to sweet under its own label and sells bubbly from Swedish Hill and Goose Watch, its sister wineries on Cayuga...

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ITHACA — It has taken Frédéric Bouché five years to build his dream Ports of New York winery from the shell of an abandoned house, but the ports he brews inside will make it worth it, he said.

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In 1973, Donna DeYoung gave Michael Lucent a winemaking kit for his 18th birthday. Their paths split soon after, until Lucent knocked on DeYoung's door 25 years later.

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Prejean Winery in Penn Yan, Yates County, welcomed triplets a few years back, and they have settled in nicely.

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The Pleasant Valley Wine Co., located on Keuka Lake, is the first bonded (US #1) wine company in the United States.

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In 2001, Mark Karasz took a brief leave from his assignment for the U.S. Army in Vicenza, Italy, to check out a neglected grape farm on Seneca Lake.

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First things first about Red Newt Cellars: The winery doesn’t have a pet red newt. But it does have a lively tasting room and a highly regarded sit-down restaurant.

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Among the tapestries, tie-dye racks and posters of rock legends, flower power lives on at Rasta Ranch Vineyards in Valois, Schuyler County. The groovy vibe even extends to the wine list, which includes Arlo’s Apple, Piece of My Heart and Greatful...

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Being loyal stewards of the planet matters to Nancy Irelan and Mike Schnelle, co-owners of Red Tail Ridge Winery in Penn Yan, Yates County. Their commitment to sustainability extends from the winery’s 4,000-square-foot production facility that uses...

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From the egg-yolk yellow tasting room to the vineyards named Giuseppe and Savina, Tuscan charm envelops Rooster Hill Vineyards in Penn Yan, Yates County. Yet the wine is straight-up Finger Lakes, with standouts ranging from Riesling to Cabernet Franc.

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Ravines Wine Cellars isn’t on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail map, so it’s the proverbial hidden gem for those who happen upon it. A small boutique winery on the east side of Keuka Lake, Ravines has attempted to replicate the spirit of Provence, a region in...

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Launched in 2012, Starkey’s Lookout in Dundee, Yates County, features a winery and microbrewery under one roof. The Seneca Lake operation also serves food, produces its own soda and programs live music on Friday nights in the summer.

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Marti and Tom Macinski know that growing grapes and making wine mean surprises pop up at every turn. Take, for instance, their experience with the red grape Saperavi.

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Just a cork’s throw from Cayuga Lake, Sheldrake Point Winery in Ovid,Seneca County, specializes in red, white and dessert wines made from vinifera grapes.

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